I have just spent a fabulous weekend at the wedding of my niece. It was so romantic and beautiful, not a dry eye in the house (or marquee). As always, there are members of the family you haven’t seen for years. So great to catch up with them. Today (the day after the big day) of I’m tired but thinking fondly about yesterday’s events. I was very touched that so many people remembered my Mother fondly (she died from cancer some years ago) and wished she was with us in person.
Family, one of our most influential groups we will ever belong to. As Early Years practitioners we have the privalidege of working with families and all their variable dimensions. Not only do we work with them professionally, discussing their child’s development, but we often get insight into their personal family lives, whether it be happy or sad, good or bad. So we must go carefully when we make judgements, offer opinions or advice, so we are always supportive. Through the years we have been lucky to share parents wedding photos, celebrate parents achievements, we also support families when a member has been seriously ill or goes through a berievement. Families may need our support to cope with everyday life, and we may need to initiate more agencies who are best equipped to help our families. I take pride in both my settings support of families, and the ethos of creating a family friendly space.
Families are precious. Families mould our lives. We should celebrate the love, support the family and help them at vulnerable times, whatever the different dimensions of that family maybe. Embrace!